It's A Good Day

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
One of Ray Benson's great strengths as bandleader of Western swing stalwarts Asleep at the Wheel is his willingness to cede the spotlight to others when appropriate; his band's previous album with Willie Nelson was a match made in Texas music heaven, in part for that reason, and this is another one. Here Benson and the band are backing up singer Leon Rausch, former vocalist for Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys; Rausch and Benson trade turns on lead vocals with the very fine Elizabeth McQueen, and perform such standard fare as "Basin Street Blues" and the Wills composition "Osage Stomp," along with such nicely chosen adaptations as the Peggy Lee song "It's a Good Day" and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
One of Ray Benson's great strengths as bandleader of Western swing stalwarts Asleep at the Wheel is his willingness to cede the spotlight to others when appropriate; his band's previous album with Willie Nelson was a match made in Texas music heaven, in part for that reason, and this is another one. Here Benson and the band are backing up singer Leon Rausch, former vocalist for Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys; Rausch and Benson trade turns on lead vocals with the very fine Elizabeth McQueen, and perform such standard fare as "Basin Street Blues" and the Wills composition "Osage Stomp," along with such nicely chosen adaptations as the Peggy Lee song "It's a Good Day" and "Truck Driver's Blues" (on which Willie Nelson makes a surprise appearance alongside Rausch). Asleep at the Wheel is a professional band in absolutely the best sense of the word: their ensemble sense is watertight but their swing is confident and relaxed; their arrangements are period-appropriate but never stodgy; and they always sound like they're having the time of their lives. Even material as tired as "Get Your Kicks (On Route 66)," which has become the band's theme song, sounds like a breath of fresh air when this band is playing and singing it. But Rausch himself is the centerpiece on this album, and he makes the most of it: his voice may have aged some in the decades since he sang with Wills, but it's lost none of its elegantly swinging expressiveness and the band knows how to showcase it perfectly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2010
  • Label: Bismeaux Productions
  • UPC: 678572967023
  • Catalog Number: 9670
  • Sales rank: 72,370

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's a Good Day - Ray Benson (2:57)
  2. 2 Truck Driver's Blues - Leon Rausch (4:30)
  3. 3 Alright, Okay, You Win - Elizabeth McQueen (3:57)
  4. 4 Rosetta - Leon Rausch (4:26)
  5. 5 Basin Street Blues - Ray Benson (3:33)
  6. 6 I Didn't Realize - Leon Rausch (3:12)
  7. 7 Mean Woman With the Green Eyes - Leon Rausch (3:27)
  8. 8 Sugar Moon - Leon Rausch (3:39)
  9. 9 Cotton Patch Blues - Leon Rausch (3:15)
  10. 10 Snap Your Fingers - Leon Rausch (3:15)
  11. 11 Get You Kicks (On Route 66) - Elizabeth McQueen (3:20)
  12. 12 Osage Stomp - Dan Walton (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leon Rausch Primary Artist, Electric Bass, Vocals
Asleep at the Wheel Primary Artist
Willie Nelson Vocals
Ray Benson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Floyd Domino Piano
Rick McRae Electric Guitar
David Sanger Drums
Eddie Rivers Lap Steel Guitar
Elizabeth McQueen Vocals, Background Vocals
Jonathan Doyle Clarinet, Saxophone
Dan Walton Piano
Technical Credits
Sheb Wooley Composer
Earl Hines Composer
Bobby Troup Composer
Grady Martin Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Ray Benson Producer, Liner Notes, Art Direction
Don Cobb Mastering
Spencer Williams Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Alex Zanetis Composer
Ted Daffan Composer
Henri Woode Composer
Dick Reeves Art Direction
Sidney Wyche Composer
Mayme Watts Composer
Eric Conn Mastering
Sam "Lightning" Seifert Engineer
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